So you told us you refused to have a denim tattoo, but what about a denim wedding? We didn’t think this could be done in a charming, non-cheesy way, but someone has successfully pulled off a denim-accented wedding, setting the stage for future denim-loving couples to follow suit. Chambray suit jackets, pocketed-denim frocks, and even a tailored denim bustier can be seen in the mix! Refreshingly classy, non? They paired their denim clothes & accents with an awesome monogrammed wooden walkway for photos. It was an overcast day, so the clouds matched their color scheme perfectly. This is the ultimate denim-lovers’ romance.
Check out the whole (beautiful) set of photos at Once Wed. Photos by Tec Petaja.
—Michelle Christina Larsen
Tags: chambray jacket, denim bride, denim bustier, denim wedding, diy wedding, once wed, wedding photos
Meet Ilva. She’s a pretty cool gal. Aside from being a skateboarding champ (we’ve seen her navigate Bushwick streets after 3AM, whizzing in and out of trucks, both parked and mobile), and the most stylish Latvian in town, she has a band named after her! But when she dropped by our blog editor’s apartment in her awesome BCBG MAX Azria jeans recently, skateboard in hand, we demanded she stay for a quick photo shoot.
The paneled denim contours down the thigh to create very cool seamline that splits at the knee. We love how this adds texture without the superfluous appearance of appliqu?s or pre-meditated tears (because while we love those too, they’re not for every look). Ilva wore her jeans with a striped ruffled blouse—a surprisingly sweet twist to her too-cool-for-school look. And the best part? She says it’s an easy ensemble to skate in.
Tags: bcbg max azria jeans, brooklyn style, paneled denim, paneled jeans, red sneakers, ruffled blouse, seamed jeans, skateboarder style, where's ilva
It’s been a long week of waiting, and we want to thank everyone who entered our Bleulab reversible denim cut-off shorts giveway last week! Since Monday was Memorial Day (and we hope you had as stellar a weekend as we did), we’re finally revealing the winner today. The winner described an awesome summer outfit and adhered to all of our contest rules, as well as put a big smile on our faces. Click through to see if it’s you!…
The winning comment, from our winner, Lynsi:
“These shorts are just too fun! I’d def pair them with something that would let the shorts take the stage. Maybe a pop of color with the top, in a slouchy fit. Then, I’d pair them with a fun, minimalist pair of sandals and a bunch of noisy bangles on my wrists. Thanks for hosting this contest, Denim Therapy and thanks for the chance to win these ultra fun shorts, BleuLab. Very cool.”
Congratulations, Lynsi! We’ll be contacting you soon with more information on how to claim your shorts. Check out some of our other favorite comments below, where you shared your awesome summer style ideas!
“I would style these shorts with a great tan and a bright colored shirt for summer!” —njsunbunny
“Every pair of denim shorts I own were jeans at one point, cut apart by me, and are now covered in various paints, glues, bleach, fabric dyes, and wood stain because whatever I’m wearing when I craft turns into a fashion napkin. These would probably be treated the same way but I could keep one side clean for a quick change from human art smock to fancy shorts-wearer.” —Comeuppances
“I would pair these with a bright colored tank or off the shoulder t-shirt with strappy sandals.” —Lovenotesxo
“I would pair them with an oversized bright colored tank and some fun accessories. Then I would reverse the shorts and wear them at night with a cute silky top and some booties.” —DaisieBelle
“I would wear them with my white v neck t shirt and some of my favorite sandals.” —Bessie Burnsed
“I would (first) wear these with my yellow halter top & super cute wedges. Then I’d wear them with ever other cute summer top in my closet!” —Jessica Caviness
“I would style these with a loose round neck james perse t-shirt, black laser cut sandals, and lots of tribal style jewelry!” —Karen Walker
“Would totally rock these shorts with a Simdog t-shirt, sunglasses, chunky necklace and a pair of high heeled sandals!” —Kim
“I would wear the coated shorts with a vintage tee, flats, and a cool necklace.” —Courtney Stecz
“I’d wear them with a fun lacey tank top for contrast and some bright colored espadrilles.” —Ladyboarder9669
“I would style them with a transparent white shirt, wearing a tube top or some nice bikini underneath it. I would also go for large dangling gold earrings, surf waves in my hair and then a pair of high heeled sandals in a bright color.” —Sara
We loved reading all of your awesome styling ideas!
Didn’t win this time? No worries! Denim Therapy has more chances on the way for you to own a pair of coveted jeans for your stylish summer excursions. Stay tuned, denim-lovers!
Tags: bleulab reversible denim, denim trends, free jeans, reversible jeans, summer denim, summer jeans, summer style, summer style 2011
In just a few short years, Raleigh Denim has steadily grown into a full-fledged premium denim brand, maintaining their humble outlook as a brand dedicated to quality, craftsmanship (their jeans are handmade), fit and style; as well as sustainability (they source and employ locally). Denim Therapy caught up with co-founders Victor and Sarah Lytvinenko, to find out why Raleigh continues to make jeans from scratch in their hometown and what’s next for this cult denim label.
Denim Therapy: How’s the line doing at Barney’s Co-op? Is it difficult for Raleigh Denim to produce large orders?
Raleigh Denim: The line is doing really well at Barney’s. Our first few orders tripled or doubled and that was a little tricky to keep up with (we have some great pictures of our friends and family helping us pack orders the week before we shipped), but now it’s not a problem. Barney’s gets that we need to do things a certain way in order to have a good, happy, long-lasting brand. They understand our philosophy, have facilitated our growth.
DT: Which style/wash of your denim collection literally flies off the shelf? and is there a “must-have” pair of jeans for Spring/Summer 2011?
RD: Our “Original” jean is based on the first style we were really proud of. We have updated it with triple needle fell seams and tighter stitching details all around. It has an interesting shade of 12.5oz denim with a tinted weft allowing the denim to break in a little greener than normal indigo.
DT: It’s obvious that you two are very proud Raleighnians. How has basing your entire empire in Raleigh influenced your creative direction?
RD: There is a strong, talented group of creative people here; we all hang out and feed off of each other creating synergy between our different disciplines. We have an amazing community of friends and family… they’ve played a huge role in helping us starting Raleigh Denim. For our first big order two years ago, our moms came in to iron the out-seams of the jeans, our friends helped us snip and fold and pack and my dad put in all the rivets with a hand press. We really wouldn’t be anywhere without NC’s support.
DT: Congratulations on opening your first private store, The Curatory. (Awesome name by the way.) What kind of experience did you want to create for people who visit The Curatory?
RD: Thanks!! We sold jeans from our first warehouse space to a few brave people who ventured to the edge of town to our unmarked building. We wanted to preserve a little bit of that grit – production is not sexy – but to also create a showcase for the end results. We chose to link the two visually, with a sliver of eye-level window running the length of the store. At any point, you can see through to us making things!
DT: What is your current favorite trend?
RD: I love waistcoats. And ties. Not really dressy ties, but ties worn all which ways, messy, casual, bow ties, thin ties…I think guys should wear ties way more often. They are such great accessories, especially if you look beyond the standard, corporate office style.
DT: What’s a day in the life of Sarah and Victor like? What keeps you sane? What makes you happy?
RD: A day in the life of Sarah and Victor…wake up, snuggle with our cat, Mr. Magneto, head to the shop, sew, fix machines, tweak patterns, make markers for cutting fabric… tacos for lunch. We have a Tuesday/Thursday taco tradition. Jon named it S.H.I.T.T. which stands for: “So Happy It’s Taco Tuesday/Thursday!”
Raleigh Denim Fall 2011 Lookbook
Raleigh Denim is now in 20 Barneys Co-op stores. Due to Raleigh Denim’s cult status amongst men and women, a new women’s denim collection will launch this fall, along with a full men’s ready to wear collection for Fall 2011. Also for Fall, Raleigh Denim is using four denims and one canvas that was developed exclusively with Cone Denim. Thanks to Raleigh Denim for taking the time out of their busy schedule to answer our questions! Don’t forget to check out Raleigh Denim online and follow them on Twitter!
—Michelle Christina Larsen & Kathy Ng Hassan
Tags: Cone Mills, interview, q&a, Raleigh Denim, Sarah Lytvinenko, Victor Lytvinenko, White Oak
Just when you thought you’ve seen it all, avant-garde Milanese brand Ring brings us drop-crotch cropped jeans for the summer, as well as two-toned coated jeans which look a bit like denim cutoffs sewn together with another pair of jeans’ legs. Maybe it sounds odd, but to us the spring summer 2011 lookbook looks more like a rebellion against boring, everyday denim.
As progressive as Ring may be, the brand’s minimalist tailoring is quite wearable even for the less adventurous, thanks to the lack of distracting, superficial design. Ring’s Founder Selene Busatta launched Ring Milano in 2004, originally set out to rework classic pieces into avant-garde works of art that is open to interpretation, made individual through one’s own styling choices. We were, of course, also impressed with the men’s and women’s denim, which exhibits deep, three-dimensional whiskering, honeycombing and tasteful additions of “dirty” wash, which stretches the ideals of avant-garde fashion, often seen as zen and clean.
View more Ring Lookbook images at Ring Milano online, or shop Ring Jeans at Antonioli online.
—Kathy Ng Hassan
Tags: avant-garde fashion, drop crotch jeans, Ring Jeans, Ring Milano, whiskered jeans